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Oracle9i PL/SQL Programming [Paperback]

Scott Urman
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Nov. 28 2001 0072191473 978-0072191479 2
From the authorized Oracle Press comes a complete guide to developing robust PL/SQL applications. The book contains new information on development tools, datatypes, SQL commands and functions, and much more. The CD-ROM contains sample code plus a sampling of development environments covered in the book.

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Maximize Built-In PL/SQL Features

Create robust PL/SQL programs to access an Oracle database from a variety of environments. Officially authorized by Oracle Corporation, Oracle9i PL/SQL Programming explains the major features of the language and the variances in PL/SQL between different database versions. You'll learn to develop, test, and debug your PL/SQL applications and work in different development environments. You'll also get specifics on SQL and PL/SQL usage, error handling, collections, subprograms and packages, and advanced features.

  • Work in various PL/SQL development and execution environments, demo versions of which are included on the CD-ROM
  • Get details on PL/SQL syntax, variables, datatypes, expressions, operators, and control structures
  • Ensure data consistency using SQL transaction-control statements
  • Use cursors for multirow queries and explicit control of SQL statement processing
  • Write PL/SQL programs that detect and react intelligently to runtime errors
  • Take advantage of the multi level collection capabilities of Oracle9i
  • Create and use procedures, functions, and packages
  • Develop DML, instead-of, and system triggers to enforce complex data constraints
  • Exploit advanced PL/SQL features, including external routines, native dynamic SQL, bulk binds, and object types

CD-ROM Contains Sample Code and Development Environments from the Book

About the Author

Scott Urman (Foster City, CA) is a senior member of the diagnostic and defect technical staff in the Language Group of Oracle Support Services, where he aids users of Oracle's various language products (PL/SQL, OCI, and the Oracle precompilers). In addition, he reviews Oracle technical documentation, writes white papers on Oracle languages, and makes technical presentations both inside Oracle and at meetings of Oracle User's Groups. Scott is the best-selling author of Oracle Press' Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle8 PL/SQL Programming.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of PL/SQL Aug. 7 2002
By Lamar
I purchased this book knowing nothing about PL/SQL. I read the entire book and worked through most of the examples in a week of dedicated self-training. The material is presented in a logical order. All the examples worked. Although all scripts are provided on the CD that comes with the book, I typed in all examples which helped in learning the material. The only issue I had with some of the examples is the use of the DBMS_OUTPUT package. This package writes the output of some of the examples to the screen. However, it only does so in SQL*Plus or Server Manager. I was using a tool by Quest called TOAD. I compensated for this by sending the output to a temp table provided by the author and then queried the temp table to retrieve the results. It worked just fine. Working through the examples requires the Oracle database, which shouldn't be a problem since anyone can download Oracle for free from Oracle's website. I give the book a big thumbs up! I definitely feel I have the knowledge necessary to go out and write PL/SQL.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for newbies Dec 30 2003
By A Customer
I must say it is not what I expected. Basically, if you know nothing about PL/SQL, that is, the Oracle extension of the SQL, and you need to grasp its general concept in a very short time, this is the book for you.
But the subtittle of the book is definitely misleading. When it comes to advanced topics, the book simply copies from the online documentation from Oracle, but only the brief summery. Say, function DECODE, one of the most powful feature in PL/SQL, is covered in half a page! Just the official definition. Nothing to read about. If you bought Oracle 9i The Complete Reference, you'd find a whole chapter devoted to that function.
The author didn't do much work with this book. If you're a serious programmer, don't bother with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but declining! Feb. 21 2002
I have several books by Urman. I have both 8i PL/SQL Programming books by Urman, as well as the 2001 edition of the 9i PL/SQL Programming book.
The 8i edition of this book is is 978 pages. The 2001 edition of the 9i book is 631. The 9i book has much less content than the 8i book even though more features have been added to Oracle 9i. There is also a large "Advanced" 8i PL/SQL Programming book because the basic book is just not big enough at 978 pages!
My conclusion is that while you MUST own this book, the 9i book does not adequately cover PL/SQL programming. Too much is left to the reader to puzzle-out on his own using other books and resources like Metalink or on-line documents. Why the book shrunk since 8i is a real mystery . . .
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book to pass the exam. April 10 2004
By Denrama
This is, indeed, a great book to pass this exam(1Z0-147). Actually, there is no prescribed book(as of now!!), for this exam. This book fairly covers most of the topics that are specified in the official exam syllabus. However, topics on Large objects are not covered in this book extensively. I suggest to search on google for LOBS(This is how i got some notes on LOBS). This book is good to study functions, procedures, packages, triggers, and some DBMS packages, but it doesn't cover LOBS, managing dependencies. Overall, I can give 4 stars to this book, as it helped me to pass the exam.
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